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Number the stars is a work of historical fiction that was written by American author Lois Lowry. The story in this book is discussed about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during World War II. The story centers on ten-year old Annemarie Johansen, who lives with her family in Copenhagen in 1943. She becomes a part of the events related to the rescue of the Danish Jews, when thousands of Jews were helped to reach neutral ground in Sweden in order to avoid being relocated to concentration camps. She risked her life in order to help her best friend, Ellen Rosen by pretending that Ellen is Annemarie’s late older sister Lise, who died earlier in the war. The novel was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1990. Lois Lowry traveled to Copenhagen to conduct research and interviews for the book. She took the photo of girl and used it for the cover. That girl cover was used on many editions of the book. Annemarie Johansen and her friend, Ellen Rosen, are ten year old girls living in Copenhagen. Butter, sugar, coffee, cigarettes and other goods are unavailable. The reaction of this book was positive. The reader of the book is protected from the full implications of events but will be caught in the suspense and menace of several encounters with soldiers and in Annemarie’s courageous run as courier on the night of the escape. On the top of numerous awards the book has been one of the best selling children books of all the time. According to publishers weekly, it was the 82nd best selling children book of all the time in the United States with sales above 2 million as of 2001. The Jews were forced to leave Denmark by Nazis but two years later, the war in Europe ends and all of Denmark celebrates. The Jews who were forced to leave Denmark will find their friends and neighbors have kept up their apartments in hopes of their return.

About Lois Lowry:

Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937. She is an American writer credited with more than thirty children books. She has won two Newbery Medals, for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1994. For her contribution as a children writer, she was a finalist in 2000 and U.S nominee again in 2004, as well as a finalist in 2016 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children books. Her book Gooney Bird Greene won the 2002 Rhode Island Children book award. In 2007 she received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contribution in writing for teens. She also received the National Jewish Book Award for children literature for Number the Stars.


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